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SAN ANTONIO DE BEXAR.
Street Car Lines and Street Railways.
The Belknap System of Lines comes first. For years-since 1878
almost up to the present time-this system was the only one which San Antonio
had. It was inaugurated by the late Col. Augustus Belknap, formerly such a
popular and genial figure in our community. It is now under the management
of the able president of the company, Mr. W. H. Weiss. We have other systems
and lines, and still others are projected. This system serves about all parts of
the city, and all its lines, except the Flores street line, focus on the Alamo Plaza.
Taking, therefore, the Alamo Plaza as a starting point, we will describe this
system, mentioning principal streets, in progress and the termini.
The Scarlet Lake Cars, named San Pedro line, take Houston street, turning
north to Acequia street to San Pedro avenue and San Pedro Springs, turning east
awhile down Locust street, then north again through Crockett Place and encom-
passing Laurel Heights, back to and terminating on San Pedro avenue, far above
the Springs. Night light, red; fare. a nickel. Electric line.
The Green Cars, named Avenue C line, take Houston street, shortly turning
north on Avenue C to the Southern Pacific depot, following Austin street to
Carson street to Grayson street to Government Post, terminating at the southwest
corner of the New Post. Night light, green; fare, a nickel. Electric line.
The Orange Cars, named City Hall line, take Houston street, Sole-
dad street south, across Main Plaza to Military Plaza, Iolorosa street, West
Commerce street to the I. & G. N. depot, where it terminates. Night light,
orange; fare, a nickel. Electric line.
The Dull Red Cars, named S. A. & A. P. R. R. line, takes Alamo street
south to Mill street to the S. A. & A. P. R. R. depot. Night light, red; fare, a
The white cars, named Cemetery line, take East Commerce street to ceme-
teries. Fare, a nickel; color; yellow and green.
The Yellow Cars plying between San Pedro Springs to North Flores street, to
Military Plaza, to South Flores street and Arsenal, to S. A. & A. P. R. R. depot
terminating on South Flores street south of that depot. Night light, purple ; fare,
The McCrillis, or Alamo Electric Street R. R. System, is next in impor-
tance. Going south from the heart of the city it crosses Houston and Commerce
streets on Navarro street, crosses the Mill bridge down Garden street, turning
on Mill street to Presa street, going far down that street, terminating at the
Fair and Exposition grounds and Riverside Park. Fare, nickel.
The McCrillis System also starts from the Alamo Plaza out Avenue E. a
short distance to Third street, making a turn down that street crossing Avenue
C., then into Martin street, making a junction on that street with its main line,
then crossing the river over the bridge by the Convent on to Richmond Avenue,
Madison Square, to Main Avenue, to Howard Street and Crockett Square, turning
south at Laurel street across the San Pedro creek to the Fredericksburg road to Key-
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Corner, William. San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History, book, 1890; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143549/m1/20/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.